Unfortunately, criminal law sometimes becomes a factor when families are going through volatile times. Whether a case of spousal or child abuse or an incident involving adolescents who act out and find themselves in legal trouble, Nelson Family Law brings experience to the table in handling criminal law matters involving families.
Our attorneys were both former criminal defense lawyers who were highly sought out for their expertise. Suzanne also served as a former Wake County prosecutor. With extensive experience in N.C. criminal law, our firm handles restraining orders and criminal matters for our clients because we know these issues can impact your family, your most important resource.
Protecting you from domestic violence
Domestic violence is all too common in our society, with one spouse exhibiting violent or aggressive behavior in the home. This often involves the spouse inflicting verbal, physical or sexual abuse on the other spouse or children.
Nelson Family Law can help protect you and your children by obtaining a domestic violence protective order or a civil no-contact order.
Depending on the facts of your case, a temporary restraining order may require your spouse to move out of the home and remain a specified distance from you and your children. Orders may also grant temporary child custody and require the abusive spouse to continue financial support while criminal proceedings are underway. In some instances, the abusive spouse may be ordered to undergo counseling or treatment.
Defense of domestic criminal charges
If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, we will make sure your side of the story is heard. The person making the accusation must show that you committed a violent illegal act, such as attempting to cause serious bodily harm or placing a family member in fear of injury or emotional distress.
We are no strangers to the courtroom, and our attorneys know how to gather the evidence to clear your name and restore your rights. We act on your behalf, communicating with important witnesses, the accuser, his or her attorney, and the court.
Criminal defense of adolescents
We have seen firsthand how family instability correlates to adolescent criminal behavior, and vice versa. Sometimes, parental divorce can be an emotional spark that ignites feelings of insecurity and anger in children and teenagers. This can lead to behavioral issues at school and even escalate to alcohol and drug use and other forms of juvenile delinquency. In other situations, having a troubled teen may drive a wedge between two otherwise loving spouses, placing the marriage in jeopardy.
Regardless of the impetus, our attorneys are passionate about protecting families and especially the well-being of children. We use our criminal defense expertise to legally advocate for your teenager faced with criminal charges and help steer them back on a path to healthy adolescence.